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The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) is the governing body for IPSC in the United States. Although it is an IPSC region, it has its own rule sets which are slightly different than IPSC's. Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle, and Multigun matches are held, and again many of the world's top shooters compete in it. With over 30000 members it is the most popular shooting discipline in the USA and the second largest IPSC region worldwide (behind Russia).  It also has some Foreign Classifier Affiliate clubs which TBCC hopes to be one day to supplement IPSC, but that is a project that is many years down the road. In the meantime, some TBCC members travel to Minnesota for matches, and a traveling TBCC shooting team with jerseys is in the works. 

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Thunder Bay Combat Club USPSA


Anyone can participate in USPSA matches! For Level 1 matches (club level) you do not need to be a member of USPSA, or have your Black Badge. For Level 2 and higher matches, you are required to be a USPSA member, IPSC Ontario or Manitoba memberships don't count. This being said, competitors are encouraged to join USPSA for classification purposes. 


The closest matches for TBCC members are at Northwestern Gun Club, just Northwest of Duluth. They host a summer league from May to August and are constantly improving their program. It is well worth the 4 hour drive. Forest Lake Sportsmen's Club also hosts matches, and is hosting the Minnesota Section Championship. This is a Level 2 match that is being held on August 30th that draws in shooters from across the region. In addition you can look here for more clubs and here for more matches. 

Thunder Bay Combat Club USPSA
Thunder Bay Combat Club USPSA


To bring firearms into the United States, you must have submitted a Form 6 NIA to the ATF. Fill it out before the season starts (it is valid for a year) and submit it to the ATF where it usually takes a week or two to be approved. If you need help with this consult this website, or send us an email if you need more assistance. In addition, you need a match invitation letter to cross the border (not a necessity for the Form 6, but it helps if you submit it with it). You may be stopped at the border for inspection, but do not yet need an ATT as C71 has not come into force. Make sure you have your registration certificates for coming back into Canada. Other than that, bring your usual guns, equipment, and supplies. Match fees are dependent on the club. 


Standard firearm safety rules are observed, as are the specific range rules of each facility. Like IPSC, the USPSA rulebooks are strictly followed and enforced. Be aware that there are differences from IPSC such as equipment rules, different targets, and movement rules. If you have questions consult either the rulebook, an RO, the Match Director, or Range Master. The USPSA Handgun rulebook can be seen here, and the Rifle, Shotgun, and Multigun rulebook here. By far Handgun matches are the most popular and available, as well as the most competitive. 

Thunder Bay Combat Club USPSA
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